DWM 2016, Day 9

Haskell, TX to Weleetka, OK
Miles: 390
Song of the Day: Backdrifts – Radiohead

 

 

IMG_20160604_111320208_HDRLast day to Mom’s place. Texas to Oklahoma. Oklahoma was nice after the previous three days; more rolling hills and gentle curves in the road. Lot’s of road-kill. Made it to Mom’s by dinner time. I had only gotten caught in one shower the whole trip so far – just outside of Lincoln, NM. As I wheeled the motorcycle into their garage it started to come down pretty hard. Good timing.

Chalk art on OK 75 just south of Weleetka. Saw one of these every quarter mile over about a five mile stretch. Some covered the whole road but all were in a 'heart' theme.
Chalk art on OK 75 just south of Weleetka. Saw one of these every quarter mile over about a five mile stretch. Some covered the whole road but all were in a ‘heart’ theme.

DWM 2016, Day 8

Roswell to Haskell
Miles: 330
Song of the Day: Let’s Do Something Impossible – William Elliot Whitmore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5KfJh3du10

 

“Here is a true American loner, an internal vagrant, a creature of shabby rooms and cheap diners, of aimless journeys ……. Here is a spy with no cause higher than himself.” – Stephen King, Black House

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Leaving Bottomless Lakes State Park, NM

Was a quiet morning leaving Bottomless Lakes State Park. Crossed the border to Texas shortly after getting on the road. I stopped in Brownfield for gas and to grab a bite to eat at the gas station mini mart. They had chorizo and egg tacos there that were really good. The first half of the trip across the Texas panhandle was endless farmland. Most of the fields had just been plowed and the soil is a clay-like red color. The day across Texas was sunny and warm but the recent rains were still very apparent. There was standing water in the fields everywhere and a lot of dirt on the road where it had flooded. Fortunately, I only ran into one small section of road that was still submerged and it was easily passable. It was another day of really straight road. The lateral tread on my tires are in a pretty serious state of neglect; I really hope to keep my senses until Colorado next week ;). The good news about Texas is that you can haul ass. Read More

DWM 2016, Day 7

Zuni to Roswell
Miles: 360
Song of the Day: Bulls on Parade – RATM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my6bfA14vMQ

 

“I’m happy to be riding back into this country. It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that. Tensions disappear along old roads like this.”
– Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Breakfast in Zuni
Breakfast in Zuni

Packed up the bike and met the others in the main part of the B&B for breakfast. Our cook for the morning was a little flustered because her helper, the Inn-Keeper, was MIA. We did our best to help out :). The breakfast was fantastic, particularly their specialty – blue corn pancakes. Also staying there were a vacationing Creek native from Oklahoma and his wife, a historian of sorts from PA and two guys from NY who were there working on a documentary for the Zuni. We had a really interesting and involved conversation about the Zuni, their relationship to other pueblos and tribes in the region, customs, language and who ordered the bananas. Read More

DWM 2016, Day 6

Marble Canyon to Zuni
Miles: 290
Song of the Day: The Black Light – Calexico
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2QsTOyBzk

 

All these streets are paved with gold
doorways lined with silver
it’s fucked up
I’m a whisper in yours
he broke out today
Whispers – Jeremy Serwer

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Colorado R.

Had the bike packed up and was ready to go at around 6 AM. I had typically been riding for a few hours before stopping for breakfast but the adjoining restaurant had a really good buffet so I took advantage of it. It was a really beautiful morning; about 65 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Just a half mile from the hotel is the bridge over the Colorado River so I stopped to take a few pictures. Many do not know, but the Colorado never actually reaches the sea. This reminded me of a really good read: Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. The demand for management of water is a really interesting topic; arguably one of the most significant factors in the historical and future development of the West. Read More

DWM 2016, Day 5

Las Vegas-ish to Marble Canyon
Miles: 380
Song of the Day: Same Old Man – Kevin Bingo Richey
https://bingo666.bandcamp.com/track/same-old-man

 

“we are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson McCullers

DSC00314I don’t remember what time I got up but I was in a bit of a funk cause of the ruckus the night before; didn’t get much sleep. I decided to forego making a cup of coffee and beat it out of there as expeditiously as possible. Not sure exactly when I left but none of the staff had arrived yet and the visitor center looked to be empty on my way out. I jumped on the slab at Moapa and stopped in Mesquite, NV for gas and a bite to eat. Saw some guys there at the gas station riding vintage bikes and they told me there was a vintage rally going on in Kanab, UT. Not sure which route they took there…but I saw them riding around Kanab when I got there later in the day. They were both riding old FL Knuckles and each had a long grey beard down to their waist — really cool dudes. Read More